Cultivate your child’s entrepreneurial spirit at a JA Summer Camp

Whether your child has an idea for the next big thing, or wants to be a change-maker in an existing organization, JA Summer Camps inspire innovative thinking and teach skills to help them get the job they want.


  • Who:    4-8 graders
  • When:  June 20-23
  • Where: JA BizTown, Maplewood

Young Entrepreneurs Camp 

  • Who:    5-8 graders
  • When:  July 25-28
  • Where: JA BizTown, Maplewood

Start It Up Camp

  • A one week residential camp for students completing grades 9-12 who are interested in learning about business and starting their own company.
  • When:  July 17-22
  • Where: University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis

How a Dedicated Junior Achievement Volunteer Taps a Former Dawson-Boyd Alumnus to inspire her classroom entrepreneurs

Junior Achievement educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives. At Steven’s

  • Elementary the 6th grade class was taught by a dedicated volunteer, Amanda Bartunek, who works in the Lac qui Parle Sheriff’s Office.
  • In 6 sessions they learned four simple definitions of being an entrepreneur:
  • Fill a Need
  • Know Your Customer and Product
  • Be Creative and Innovative
  • Believe in Yourself

The kids made their own commercials, made blueprints, talked about needs in the community, and learned about successful entrepreneurs.

In one of the sessions we learned about an entrepreneur by the name of Bjorn Quenemoen (a Dawson-Boyd Alumni) along with his partner Jamie O’Shea who raise and sell organic sun-popped popcorn called Bjorn Qorn. 

  • Some of the corn is raised on a farm near Clarkfield.
  • This popcorn is popped directly by the heat of the sun.
  • You can order Bjorn Qorn online and is also sold in many areas mainly around New York area. Although it is sold at Surdyks Liquor Store in Minneapolis according to the website.
  • The kids and staff of Steven’s Elementary received samples of their product to enjoy.
  • Junior Achievement is a successful program that is taught by volunteers of the community.

Here’s an article by an ice cream company that used our popcorn as an ingredient

 A comprehensive article by the NYC food blog 150ish

And a brief village voice interview

Various other press can be found here

JA goes back to school with new, updated curriculum

We just wanted to share some JA news with you and remind you to please contact us at the office (320-598-7976) if you are interested in learning about volunteering. We need classroom volunteers at Appleton/Milan Elementary in Appleton, MMN Elementary in Madison, and Stevens Elementary in  Dawson.

The days are shorter, the nights are cooler, and school is back in session. This year, more than 161,000 students in Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin will participate in Junior Achievement. JA has prioritized the redevelopment of our programs in order to provide relevant curriculum and teaching tools. Here are some of our exciting program updates:

  • JA Ourselves – the kindergarten program goes beyond basic coin recognition to include more real financial literacy topics.

  • JA Our Nation – the enhanced program equips students to be entrepreneurial and innovative thinkers to help them thrive in today’s high-growth, high-demand careers. 

  • JA Finance Park – middle and high school students now have access to a redeveloped digital curriculum and custom software as they learn personal budgeting via an on-site or virtual simulation.

  • JA Company Program – this school year, 100% of high school students participating in this program will learn how to run an actual company with a blended learning model.

Junior Achievement Updates: Adopt a School, JA Summer Camps and Honors

We just wanted to share some updates on Junior Achievement from their most recent newsletter…

Adopt a school through JA School Partnership Program


Connecting young people to business and our local economy is a cornerstone of the JA experience. Through the JA School Partnership Program, participating companies provide the funding and volunteers necessary to support JA at a local school.

Longtime partner, Deluxe Corporation, has cultivated a strong partnership with their neighborhood school, Island Lake Elementary, first supporting a JA in a Day at the school in 2001. (Read more!)

JA summer camps inspire young entrepreneurs

More than 100 students spent a week at two different JA summer camps last month to learn about entrepreneurship and gain valuable skills.

At JA Biztown’s STEM camp, 4th-8th graders discovered how STEM is used in the workplace and in business. They heard from professionals in STEM careers, conducted science experiments, and created commercials to promote their product or service. (Read more!)

Honoring achievement in business

Join us on September 24, as we induct six outstanding leaders into the 2015 JAUM Business Hall of Fame. These individuals were selected for their excellence in business and philanthropy, and for their significant contributions to our community. Their stories will become part of our curriculum to inspire local students to strive for success and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit. (Read more!)

Junior Achievement Appreciation Event

Everyone is invited to help celebrate Junior Achievement on Tuesday May 3 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm at both the LqP Multimedia Room in the West Wing MMN Elementary and Commons Area at Dawson School.

Please join us to thank the teachers, volunteers, contributors and students.